Letter: Proficiency-based diploma is just another gimmick

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I just read the article on the proficiency-based diploma educational issue in the March 21 edition. I see this as yet another gimmick made up by the education industrial complex, and I feel very sorry for the kids – and even sorrier for the poor public school teachers being forced to learn and implement yet another vague new teaching method.

I was lucky to have gone to a Catholic grammar school, grades 1 through 8, back in the ’30s and ’40s. In those times (and I bet still) Catholic schools paid zero attention to educational gimmicks. The nuns just did a good job teaching reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and science, and they put up with no fooling around.

Thus I admire the proposal by state Rep. Heidi Sampson, R-Alfred, to repeal what she called “a misleading scheme that is not working” and to “return the (educational method) decision-making process back to the local school districts.”

J.D. Cowie
Portland

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